The elephants who arrive at sanctuary come here with their own unique issues to tackle. You may remember that Guillermina and Pocha arrived at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, they had a lot to learn about what their lives could be in this new world, and what it meant to be around other elephants. They were also both clinically obese, with Guille having the most weight to lose.
Guille still has some issues to contend with as she grows and learns to deal with Pocha’s death. She has matured emotionally in ways that are extremely encouraging, making friends with Maia and Bambi and learning gradually about what herd life means. She also has access to a natural diet and habitat, which means she can graze on food that’s healthy and has different types of land to traverse at any time she wants. Because she’s young and has lots of energy, that tends to mean that she moves plenty. And you can see it in how her body has been transformed.
As you can see here, where Guillermina was once incredibly round, she has now built muscle and lost unnecessary fat. She is now a healthy weight, perhaps for the first time in her adult life. Her face has slimmed, and she looks transformed. She’s settling into herself and working through her emotional challenges – things that happen naturally at sanctuary after a time. If you missed the live posts during Guille and Pocha’s rescue, you can check them out here: https://globalelephants.org/rescue-pochaguillermina/
P.S.: Today’s podcast has been released and it expands on Rana’s journey, including her relationship with Ramba. It talks about how Rana learned lessons from meeting and interacting with Maia and Guida that she took into her new friendship, though perhaps too stringently.